The Staples-Motley Cardinals brought their 8-4 record to Pequot Lakes for a Mid-State Conference clash with Pequot Lakes on Tuesday, Jan. 12, but the Patriots surprised them by handing them a 70-53 defeat. After Hunter Larson hit a 16-footer, Zach Sjoblad hit a short jumper, Josh Buell drove for a layup, C.J. Borleis made two free throws and Gage Westlund made a steal and a layup, the Pats led by 10 only 3:30 into the game.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots faced an uphill battle from the loser’s bracket as they needed to win three playoff games for a chance to double-dip the unbeaten Staples-Motley Cardinals and win their first Section 6AA title. The Patriots accomplished the goal of a rematch against the Cardinals as they defeated Minnewaska 2-1 and then downed Holdingford 6-3 and Milaca 13-3 on Tuesday, May 28, to reach the section final against S-M on Thursday, May 30. Patriots 6, Holdingford 3